ADOPTION OF NDP PAY EQUITY MOTION: A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO REDUCE INEQUALITIES
February 3rd, 2016 - 5:49pm
OTTAWA — The NDP’s pay equity motion that was adopted today will help lay the groundwork for tackling poverty across Canada and ending discrimination against women when it comes to equal pay for work of equal value, say New Democrats.
“For decades, New Democrats pushed hard for pay equity. With the adoption of our NDP motion today, the real work begins now and we can take concrete action towards real, tangible equality for women,” said NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît). “In the Haut-Saint-Laurent Valley, women working full time, year round, make only 70% of what men earn for work of equal value. Pay equity is not a luxury; it is a right. Equality is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but in practice, women have still not achieved equality with men.”
The NDP motion, which was their first opposition day motion this sitting, recognizes pay equity as a human right and urges the federal government to take immediate action. With the adoption of the motion, a special committee will be put together to develop an action plan to finally legislate equal pay for work of equal value.
You can watch in French Anne Quach speech at this address: